sensory bin for kids with straws and buttons

One of the ways we really learn colors is through seeing them. This Rainbow Sensory Bin helps kiddos learn different colors through exploration and play. Here are some ways you can encourage color recognition:

  • Sort items by color.
  • Choose a color of the day and find only that color.
  • Have students match colored items from the bin to note cards with color words on them.
rainbow sensory bin for preschool kids

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Supplies Needed For Your Rainbow Sensory Bin

Why Use a Sensory Bin?

Sensory bins, bags, bottles are very easy and inexpensive to make. They are a simple way to incorporate sensory learning and play into your home, vehicle, or classroom. They allow children a chance to explore, imagine, create, discover, and learn while using many of their senses. Not only are children learning by playing in a sensory bin, but they are much more engaging to children than even toys. Additionally, sensory bins offer children the following:

  • Language Skills
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Social Skills
  • Science and Math Skills
  • Sensory Needs

How To Make Your Sensory Bin

Pour sand into a tray. Spread sand out into an even layer. 

First, Add pom poms.

Next, Add gems and marbles. 

Then, Add buttons. 

Add straws and popsicle sticks. 

Finally, Add a scoop and container. 

It’s play time! Encourage kids to look for different colors, sort colors, and try to match items with color words.

Other Ideas

Sensory bins are a great way to build fine motor skills, encourage creativity, and build on core skills. If you loved this Rainbow Sensory Bin, check out some of our other ones!

Rainbow Sensory Bin

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About Angela Milnes

Angela Milnes is a Qualified Early Years Teacher who specialised in Preschool and Kindergarten teaching. She has a wealth of experience teaching young children and is passionate about kids crafts, preschool music and reading with kids. Don’t forget to follow our fun crafts and creative ideas over on Facebook.


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